Helmut Newton, born Helmut Neustädter (October 31, 1920 - January 23, 2004) was a German fashion photographer noted for his nude studies of women.
After fleeing Nazi Germany in 1938 to escape persecution as a Jew, Newton worked briefly in Singapore as a photographer for the “Straits Times” before settling in Melbourne, Australia. Newton moved to Paris in 1961 and began extensive work as a fashion photographer. His works appeared in magazines including, most significantly, “French Vogue”. He established a particular style marked by erotic, stylized scenes, often with sado-masochistic and fetishistic subtexts. A heart attack in 1970 slowed his output somewhat but he extended his work and his notoriety/fame greatly increased, notably with his 1980 “Big Nudes” series which marked the pinnacle of his erotic-urban style, underpinned with excellent technical skills. He also worked in portraiture and more fantastical studies.
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